Shelves are filled with 305,000 books, of which 200,000 are in digital format. The children’s library – The Little Reader – houses more than 2,000 books, while another has been set aside for youth with 3,000 titles. A fabrication lab is equipped with 3D printers to build prototypes of experimental projects while other technology enables users to print and bind books in minutes.
Designed by Foster + Partners, an award-winning architectural firm based in the UK, the HoW also boasts lecture halls, reading lounges, exhibition spaces, a central courtyard, café, a restaurant, and outdoor gardens.
Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners explained to EDGAR how the HoW aims to change the role of reading for future generations.